Space Survival

To survive the ravages of space, astronauts could, in the future, be genetically engineered, Technology Review writes.

"Let's be clear. No one is trying to grow an astronaut in a bubbling vat somewhere," says Tech Review's Antonio Regalado. But, he notes, that bits of science fiction are looking closer to reality. 

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